Animal Nutrition Course

This course runs from August to December and provides an overview of animal nutrition. A variety of experts will discuss the role nutrition plays in their work to keep the animals they care for thriving. All meetings will be hosted on Zoom and all will be recorded for those who are unable to make the Saturday morning class meetings. Discussions about video content will take place in an exclusive Facebook group. If the final project is complete, a certificate of completion will be provided. This course comes with a free membership to my Team Thrive! Avian Nutrition membership program which comes with a great deal of educational content as well. Proceeds go to support Saint Xavier University's Animal Nutrition Laboratory.

The tentative schedule for 2022 is as follows:


Review Syllabus and Introduction to Animal Nutrition

Sign-up for your species (Weeklong Diet Plan Project)


Animal Nutrition Lab – Digestive Tracts, Dentition, Macromolecule Needs

Daily Dietary Planning Practice


Zoo Nutrition: Past, Present, and Future – Elise Franchi, MA Zoology, Zookeeper, Nashville Zoo


Nutritional enrichment across an animal collection – Lara Joseph, Curator – The Animal Behavior Center at Indian Creek Zoo


The role of nutrition in conservation – Jafet Vélez-Valentín, Wildlife Biologist, US F&WS

Director, Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program


The Importance of Nutritional Enrichment - Sophie Barnett & David Trebus, UK-based behavior and training consultants


Nutrition’s role in maintaining healthy companion animals – Jamie Abete, DVM, Veterinarian, Niles Animal Hospital & Bird Medical Center


Final Projects due